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Analysis: Auditor continues push on non-classroom spending

State Auditor Shad White is continuing his push to get Mississippi school districts to cut non-classroom spending. A report that the Republican auditor’s office released in mid-November finds that Mississippi spends more on such purposes than most other states. He’s calling on districts to do more to streamline or cut spending on assistant principals, principals, superintendents and central offices and redirect the ...

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Analysis: Some governments revolt against purchasing law

Here’s a dark-horse candidate for the most unpopular law passed by last year’s Mississippi Legislature: House Bill 1106 . It’s a measure few outside of government have ever heard of, but the requirement to change how state agencies and local governments buy things is infamous among county supervisors and others. Cities, counties and others have long taken sealed bids purchases of supplies, ...

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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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Analysis: Book shows angles of Miss. civil rights resistance

  When James Meredith challenged Mississippi’s entrenched system of white supremacy in 1962, Gov. Ross Barnett had a plan to stop the black military veteran from integrating the state’s flagship university. Days before Meredith was set to enroll, under a hard-won federal court order, as the first black student at the University of Mississippi, Barnett called legislators into special session ...

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State pension fund recovery stalled by accounting changes

It had looked like Mississippi’s main public employee pension fund had turned the corner in 2014, but changes in financial projections left the Public Employees Retirement System losing ground again in the year ended June 30, 2015. Actuaries reported in October that the PERS funding percentage — the share of future obligations covered by current assets — ticked down to ...

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Analysis: LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being fired from ...

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University, Institute to partner on study of Gulf's health

GULF OF MEXICO — The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will work together to study the health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Sun Herald reports representatives from each group announced a formal partnership to research protected, threatened and endangered species in the Gulf, especially after recent hurricanes and the BP oil ...

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Metro Jackson well-repped in key political positions

The governor’s office and both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature will have entirely new leadership when the 2012 session starts at noon Jan. 3. And each of the new faces has roots in the Jackson Metro area. Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves are from Rankin County. Rep. Phillip Gunn, a Republican whose district includes portions of Clinton ...

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